Join Date: Aug 2009
Wahoodad & Willy June 2011 8 day Intrepid Report
Trip Report for The Wahoodad & Willy 8 Day On The Intrepid July 16, 2011 I took some notes and pictures while on the charter and summarized them below. Feel free to add comments or other pictures. Thanks to everyone who contributed photos. Embarkation: Check in started at 7 A.M. and everyone was there on time. There were lots of familiar faces from previous trips and some new to the trip too. We have anglers from Canada, Florida, Oregon and California on board. Everyone was very willing to share tips and talents as well as a variety of fish stories. The chemistry between the anglers seemed to be good. The crew organized the gear by boarding number and loaded up the carts. Boarding was well organized and seamless. It is just amazing how much gear we take and how fast it gets loaded on the boat. Once all the gear was aboard, it was off to the bait docks and then off to open water. We were on our way to the stones just before 11:00AM. Captain Kevin Osborne held a ?strategy? meeting in the salon and said we were headed directly to the Alijos, no messin? around in between!!! Co- Charter master David Choate, aka Wahoodad, discussed dining room protocols and other select items of interest for trip. Water temp at the rocks reported to be 71 degrees. Two Days Travel Down We are making good time with a following sea. The wind and swell picked up a bit and it would be a bumpy ride going up hill but we are not even thinking about that since it is a week away. We had two seminars on the way down and an awesome raffle with lots of fishing related items donated by the sponsors. Captain Kevin went over the rules of the rail to be sure everyone is on the same page on how to fly line to best avoid tangles, do the tuna two step, how to behave at the bait tanks, fish the kite & balloons, and jigs. The presentation was very thorough and informative indeed. Kevin suggested 40 pound set ups for a long soak with a 3/0 hook. Yellows have been hitting the iron. We will be trolling for ?Hoo?s? when we get in range of the rocks. Anticipation is building. Wahoodad, Willy, and the sponsors really pulled out all the stops for the SWAG on this trip. Giveaways included gift certificates from Five Star, Cofe Products, Mario?s, & Sportsman?s Seafood. Wahoodad, Willy and Seeker sponsored the T-shirts and they are very cool. Other items included tackle from Seeker Rods, Avet Reels, Salas jigs, Seaguar floro, Catchy tackle, Jerry Brown line one adhesive, Hank?s custom rod racks from Reel Innovations, and some custom loop to loop fluorocarbon leaders crafted by Willy. Brad gave away homemade preserves (very tastee). Everyone was a winner, grateful, and extend a special thanks to the sponsors. Wahoodad held very informative bait selection seminar and offered tried and tested recommendations on how to hook sardines for the best results. He also pointed out spots on the boat to throw in from considering there will be 26 anglers with the same ideas on their minds. USA vs. Japan final world?s cup soccer game and the British Open were the hot shows on the flat screen. (What would we do without satellite?) We started watching the mini series ?The Pacific? on Sunday night and watched all the installments throughout the week. Word from the skipper was that we expected to be at Alijos Rocks at 7AM Monday. We had the trollers out on the way down and only hooked one chubby Yellowtail. No bites on the slide although yours truly and many others tried. Fishing Alijos Rocks We arrived at the rocks at about 7:40 AM Monday and started to troll. It was a bit windy and white caps were already forming but the conditions were very fishable. The water temp was only at 70 and the wahoo were not to be found. No biters on the trolling rods. We set a few chum lines but no luck there either. Fishing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was scratch fishing and the bite shut down around one or two in the afternoon. The slow fishing was not due to a lack of skill as there is a lot of talent on the boat. The fish were there and just did not want to take a bait with a hook. The good thing is that the fish that were caught were all quality fish and included yellowtail up to about 40 pounds and yellow fin up to around 100 pounds. The kite was the best bet but not a guarantee. Several guys were in ?Kite Jail? for several hours without catching a fish. We did, however, make a complete kite rotation and then some over the four days we were there. Most fish were caught on the kite or flylining with 40 or 50 pound line and a 3/0 hook. A lot of anglers were a wee bit frustrated after a couple days of a ?pic? bite. Most of us know that fishing does not always mean catching and Wahoodad brought that to our attentions by providing a public service announcement to remind us that we are on vacation and not to get disappointed. He was on the money and it all turned out to be an enjoyable time fishing Alijos. We moved to the shallows during the afternoons to see what we could drum up in the way of yellowtail. The bite on the yellowtail in the shallows was slow early in the week but picked up as the week progressed. Every one got their share of yellowtail. One day yours truly fished a dropper loop on the bottom with a nice mackerel for bait and got ?freight trained? on 80 pound with a tight drag. It was big whatever it was! I was using a 3/0 94150 and it straightened the hook. Lesson learned. We anchored one evening at Alijos Bank and a couple guys picked up a few quality yellowtail. A pod of curious porpoise circled the boat probably feeding on the squid that were attracted by the lights. They seemed interested in the boat and came within 5 yards to see what we were all about. I hope the experience it was a cool for them as it was for us. The bite turned on at grey light on Thursday, our last day at Alijos. This is what we were looking for and it was a good bite with multiple hook ups. The bite fell off late morning/ early afternoon. We pulled the hook and did several drifts in the shallows near the stones. We picked up a bunch of cabrilla, small yellows, and other assorted species and took a group photo with the rocks in the background. We threw the small ones back to grow for another day. Everyone had a blast and we were on our way home at around 5 PM. We ended up with 60 yellow fin tuna, 210 yellowtail, a couple dorado, and lots of cabrilla for four days fishing at the Alijos. Two Days Travel Up Instead of running straight up hill hunting for the evasive blue fin we made a stop at Isla Benitos to see if we could find some white sea bass and calicos on Friday afternoon. Our plan was to fish the pinnacles outside of San Martin to fish for lings and reds on Saturday morning. Fishing at Benitos was slow but a couple guys caught some nice yellowtail and a few calicos. No white sea bass were to be found. The cod fishing off San Martin was very good for reds and lings. Fishy would have been jealous. Fishing and catching a variety of species was enjoyable and a good way to break up the two day ride home. Javier, Wahoodad, and crew were up early Friday morning and prepared an awesome brunch buffet. Crab claws, shrimp, steamed clams, oysters on the half shell, carved ham, fresh seared yellow fin tuna, eggs Benedict, Chicken ala king, beef broccoli, bacon fried rice, carrot cake, chocolate cake, tiramisu fresh baked cinnamon buns, sliced watermelon. What a feast. The Cuisine Javier is a master at his craft. What can you say other than thank you very much to a very talented man and a gracious host. The meals were outstanding and all the crew did a fantastic job taking turns serving. The dinner entrees included: Roasted pork loin with mushroom sauce, charbroiled prime New York steak, fresh yellowtail with a pineapple/ginger sauce, roasted ?prime? prime rib au jus, BBQ chicken, veal piccata, flank steak with a béarnaise sauce, surf and turf ?OUCH!!! Debarkation We arrived at the docks at around 6:30 Sunday morning, unloaded the gear, sorted the fish and weighed the contenders for the jackpot. We were blessed with good weather, calm seas (especially on the ride home), a good bounty of fish, a great bunch of anglers and an excellent crew. The jackpot tally is as follows: 1st Place Robert Rice - 108.4 lb. YFT 2nd Place Mark Lee - 100.8 lb. YFT 3rd Place Bruce Coblentz - 99.2 lb. YFT Thanks to Wahoodad and Willy for all that you do to put these charters together.
This post edited by jwfogg 07/31/2011